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5:30 PM ET, February 21, 2011

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Wall Street Journal:
Moderate Wisconsin Republicans Offer Compromise  —  With Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker maintaining a hard line on his budget bill and Democratic senators refusing to return to Madison to vote, attention is turning to a group of moderate Republican senators to negotiate a compromise to the stalemate …
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Rasmussen Reports:
48% Back GOP Governor in Wisconsin Spat, 38% Side With Unions  —  A sizable number of voters are following new Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's showdown with unionized public employees in his state, and nearly half side with the governor.  —  A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Wisconsin Power Play  —  Last week, in the face of protest demonstrations against Wisconsin's new union-busting governor, Scott Walker — demonstrations that continued through the weekend, with huge crowds on Saturday — Representative Paul Ryan made an unintentionally apt comparison: “It's like Cairo has moved to Madison.”
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Republican Turncoats May Sabotage Governor Walker's Budget Cut Plans ...Updated With Contact Info ...Update: WI GOP Senators to Stand With Walker  —  Good grief...  Don't look now but Wisconsin Republican Senators are getting wobbly.  —  Republican Senator Dale Schultz is ready to bail on Governor Scott Walker.
Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
How John Birch Society Extremism Never Dies: The Fortune Behind Scott Walker's Union-Busting Campaign  —  Over 68,000 people have mobilized in Madison and progressive organizers are planning solidarity efforts across the country to denounce Gov. Scott Walker's (R-WI) radical attempt to bust Wisconsin's public sector unions.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
On Wisconsin, cont'd  —  Maggie Haberman and I reported today that many national labor leaders are quietly wringing their hands about the Wisconsin confrontation.  —  One who's not is the executive director of the combative National Nurses Association, RoseAnn DeMoro, who emails:
The Politico:
Labor faces a moment of truth
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Reuters
JSOnline:
Union leader says National Guard has toured prison
Discussion: PostPartisan and The Hill
ginandtacos.com:
STAND AND DELIVER  —  The most random thing happened …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Balloon Juice
Mike / Rortybomb:
The Less Discussed Part of Walker's Wisconsin Plan: No-Bid Energy Assets Firesales.
Discussion: FrumForum
Daily Mail:
On the run: Gaddafi flees Tripoli as protesters set the Libyan parliament building alight  —  Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is believed to have fled the capital Tripoli after anti-government demonstrators breached the state television building and set government property alight.
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New York Times:
Warplanes and Militia Besiege Protesters in Libyan Capital
Aljazeera:
Libya protests spread and intensify
Frank Jack Daniel / Reuters:
Venezuela denies Libya's Gaddafi en route
Discussion: Pundit Press
Haaretz:
Report: Libya air force bombs protesters heading for army base
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Does Mike Huckabee still want to be president?  —  IN NEW YORK — Anyone who thinks presidential ambition is an incurable condition hasn't spent much time lately with Mike Huckabee.  —  The man who came in second in the 2008 GOP primary isn't exactly ruling out another run in 2012.
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George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Mike Huckabee: President Obama ‘Tough to Beat’ in 2012, Birther Issue Is ‘Nonsense’
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Huckabee lays out criteria for ‘intense process’ of deciding on 2012 run
Discussion: CNN, GOP 12 and TPMDC
Vail Daily:
First lady hits the slopes  —  Michelle Obama enjoys fresh veggies at Restaurant Kelly Liken  —  Daily staff report newsroom@vaildaily.com  —  VAIL — First lady Michelle Obama enjoyed locally grown fare at a Vail restaurant Saturday night before hitting the slopes of Vail Mountain early Sunday.
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David Gardner / Daily Mail:
Obama accused of ‘double standards’ …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Number of Solidly Democratic States Cut in Half From '08 to '10  —  Maryland, Massachusetts, Vermont, D.C. most Democratic; Wyoming, Utah most Republican  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup's analysis of party affiliation in the U.S. states shows a marked decline in the number of solidly Democratic states from 2008 (30) to 2010 (14).
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The Note:
Gallup Finds Fewer Americans Identify Themselves As Democrats
Discussion: FrumForum
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
The Tea Party is winning  —  Take five steps back and consider the nature of the political conversation in our nation's capital.  You would never know that it's taking place at a moment when unemployment is still at 9 percent, when wages for so many people are stagnating at best …
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Daily Mail:
Stripped, punched and whipped with flag poles: Full horror of Lara Logan's attack emerges  —  More details have emerged of Lara Logan's terrifying ordeal at the hands of a frenzied mob.  —  The 39-year-old foreign correspondent for CBS News show 60 Minutes was separated from her film crew …
New York Times:
American Held in Pakistan Shootings Worked With the C.I.A.  —  WASHINGTON — The American arrested in Pakistan after shooting two men at a crowded traffic stop was part of a covert, C.I.A.-led team of operatives conducting surveillance on militant groups deep inside the country, according to American government officials.
Verne G. Kopytoff / New York Times:
Blogs Wane as the Young Drift to Sites Like Twitter  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Like any aspiring filmmaker, Michael McDonald, a high school senior, used a blog to show off his videos.  But discouraged by how few people bothered to visit, he instead started posting his clips on Facebook …
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Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:
Another misleading story reports that blogs ‘r’ dead
Aaron Blake / The Fix:
Indiana GOP lines up behind Lugar's primary challenger  —  Indiana State TreasurerRichard Mourdock will launch his primary challenge to Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) on Tuesday with the support of a majority of both the state's 92 Republican county chairmen and its state party executive committee, he told the Fix in a recent interview.
Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
In Rhode Island, Mayor Is Demoted to Adviser  —  CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. — These are trying times for the people of Central Falls, a city so close to fiscal collapse that the state seized control of City Hall last summer.  Taxes have risen nearly 20 percent to help solve the immediate crisis …
Directorblue / Doug Ross:
Oops: White House, DNC disavow involvement with #WIunion protests but Twitter busts 'em cold @ByronYork  —  The unofficial public relations arm of the Obama administration reports that the White House and the DNC really had nothing at all to do with the public service union protests in Madison.
 
 
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New York Times:
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